You’ve all heard tips for what you should definitely not do in a job interview, like saying that your biggest weakness is your perfectionism, or neglecting to skim through the company’s website beforehand so you’re left asking what it is they do, anyway. In this Twitter thread, though, people are sharing their biggest job interview blunders that you weren’t warned about, but are so ridiculous that you shouldn’t need to be (even if some of these people ended up getting the job!)

Others in the thread have had the misfortune of ending up with an interviewer that made them seriously reconsider applying for the position in the first place. Either way, these stories will make you feel better about the job interviews that weren’t your proudest moments and give you the courage to go to your next one knowing you can at least do better than this.

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Orillion
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1 month ago

Excellent decision.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 month ago

That certainly could have gone wrong.

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

If I can google it or find it on your website, I consider it public domain.

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You might be disappointed to find that when you’re preparing for an interview, studying tips religiously won’t help you—HR experts say that interviewing an applicant goes much more smoothly if the interviewee is out of “oral exam mode” and can respond to questions naturally.

This might sound discouraging and impossible to prepare for, but they add that real confidence in an interview comes from having really studied the company where you’re applying and considered the challenges that they face, so you can put serious consideration behind your answers rather than just repeating them from memory.

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Iris
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1 month ago

The one who called should get the job, his solution worked 😃😃

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 month ago (edited)

But did you get the job?

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ZANDA
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1 month ago

More embarrassing for the boss actually

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The seasoned interviewers also stress that you have reason to be confident when you show up for a job interview. The employer is the one who called you in for an interview, after all, so unless you’re unlucky enough to end up with some of the sadist interviewers in this thread, they probably already have a good impression of you. So you can skip the pre-rehearsed jokes, and definitely leave out the liquid courage.

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

You deserve a job at a much better company.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Say it with a Russian accent and all debts are paid immediately.

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Jon S.
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1 month ago

Cori's comment makes this story.

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M.J.
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1 month ago

I just imagined this scene. Hilarious!

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

Oh dear. And I thought I had some bad days...

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Mita Ghosh
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1 month ago

They must've been extremely in need of a new employee.

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C
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1 month ago

What exactly was the job?

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

I went to only one job interview that involved a panel. I'll never do it again.

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Raul GC
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1 month ago

:D

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Bobert Robertson
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1 month ago

Too bad she didn’t roll with it and interview you in there

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Pittsburgh rare
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1 month ago

I'm sorry I laughed so hard at this

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

My friends son went to an interview at a pizza place. When he arrived, he was told it would be a few minutes as it was the lunch rush and the manager was back helping the kitchen get caught up on pizza orders. When the manager finally emerged, he asked my friend's son what he thought this job was about. The young man answered "It's about making pizza so that you, as a manager, can do your job without having to stop to make pizza." He got the job on the spot.

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LuckyL
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1 month ago

why do so many people go to interviews hungover??

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FrancesCat
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1 month ago

I'd love for this to happen to me! Technical interviews are so difficult, especially when they time your answers/work.

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Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Isn't this kinda standard questions in programming? About 90% of interviews I've been to have had some kind of programming test. And the worth of a unplanned program done in 30 minutes isn't really that big.

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Dorian Turner
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1 month ago

You should have gotten that job. I would have thought you were going to be honest and weren’t afraid of saying how you really feel about something. I know you didn’t realize what the product was, but they didn’t know that. Next time, give em a stare and say, “I said what I SAID.”

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

I will take "Things that didn't happen" for $400, Alex.

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Orillion
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1 month ago

Red flag!

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

Well, climbing a mountain of blow—-I mean snow—-obviously is.

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

Mission accomplished. The company's mission, that is. 'We tried to hire women but they all declined.'

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Luuk Eegdeman
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1 month ago

should have warned those ladies this guy sounds like a sexual offender (the filmmaker I mean)

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ZANDA
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1 month ago

I'd have hired that guy. What do they even mean, he's coming straight from HS and has killed a snake with a nylon string

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No you didn't
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1 month ago

So you're saying you passed up a game of Jenga?!

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

Exactly!

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